Fast Pitch Hawaii Women’s Softball league is starting their winter season October 2013. If you are interested in learning more, please visit their website at: www.fastpitchhawaii.com
There is no doubt that University of Hawaii’s softball senior center fielder, Kelly Majam, has been one of the most influential players for the Rainbow Wahine softball team in her college career. But it hasn’t been easy for the California native to leave her dent in the record book.
“I never thought I would go to college and set records, which is amazing to know,” Majam said. “But for me, what I want to leave this program as someone that worked extremely hard and didn’t have anything left, I used up all my energy on the field.”
From the beginning of her college career, Majam has had a tough road, starting with a torn ACL her freshman year forcing her to medical redshirt.
“She had never really had a major injury until she tore her ACL,” head coach Bob Coolen said. “She had a whole year to reflect on what type of player am I gonna be? And then she came out, and she persevered. She worked her tail off to get to the best possible physical condition because she did not like sitting out a whole year.”
In her rookie year, Majam came out on a tear, leading the NCAA in home runs (30) as well as being in the top five of the nation in runs (88) and slugging percentage (.919). She also set UH records for single-season runs scored and walks (44), and she led the team in batting average (.400). Defensively, Majam played flawlessly with a 1.000 fielding average in 66 games. She was the first UH player to receive ESPN.com’s All-American honors and was a 2010 Western Athletic Conference All-Academic player.
Majam was a key player leading the ‘Bows to the 2010 College World Series in Oklahoma.
“One of my most memorable moments would be playing at the World Series,” Majam said. “It had been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old, or younger, to play at that stadium in front of all those people on ESPN, and I got to fulfill that dream and it was really awesome.”
After an all-star rookie season, Majam had high expectations as a sophomore. But she was thrown one curve ball that no one was expecting heading into the 2011 season.
“I was diagnosed with cancer over Christmas break in 2010-2011. I had radiation treatment, and then I went right back into season once I got back here,” Majam said. “That first weekend I hit really good. It felt really nice for me after going through all that medical hardship to get back on the field and to show that I was still capable of hitting well and playing well. It was definitely a highlight of my career here.”
Despite her setbacks, Majam put up some big stats for UH. She played incredible defense ending the season with a 1.000 fielding average for the second year in a row and led the team in doubles (11) and walks (34). Through all of her tough times, Majam’s dedication to her teammates and the game she loves was her source of inspiration.
“I love softball,” she said. “I thoroughly love softball. It’s definitely a passion in me, and I’m a believer in Jesus and God, and I think that He put that passion in me for a reason. It was that passion to love the game and love it regardless of how I was feeling or how I was playing but just to enjoy going out there and playing.”
As a senior, Majam is in her final season for UH. Despite all of her previous accomplishments, there is still one more goal that she hopes to conquer this season.
“I want to hit 31 home runs,” Majam said. “That’s my goal. It’s a scary goal, but I’ve done it once and I want to do it again. I wanna go out as someone that finished what I started and hit just as good my freshman year and then after cancer. I still am a good player, and that’s something that I want to prove to myself and finish this program strong.”
Majam is a constant source of inspiration for her teammates. She works hard and is living proof that dreams are achievable with hard work and dedication.
“Kelly’s a great person,” freshman third baseman Alyssa Villalpando said. “She’s a great impact player, [and] we all look up to her. She’s always up, never down, always trying to pick everyone up. She’s a great team player.”
Although she has had a prolific career, at the end of the day her stats are just numbers, and Majam prefers to be remembered for more than her stats on the page.
“I just want to be known as someone that was loving and served my team as a leader,” she said. “I think a lot of people think that leaders should be someone that’s a ‘rah-rah’ person and gives the inspirational speeches every practice. But for me, I think leadership is being the last person in the dugout cleaning up and picking up the teammate that just struck out and encouraging them to get back out there.”
Majam will always have a place in the record books, but the character she has demonstrated on and off the field will carry on through the lives she has impacted at UH.
“Her legacy will be that she has made a lot of believers,” Coolen said. “It doesn’t matter what stature you are. She lives by example, she follows her faith and she’s a very humble person.”
Credit: Sydney Chestnut – Kaleo
Senior Courtney Senas highlighted the Florida State softball team’s excellent offensive day Saturday as she recorded 8 RBIs in a two-game sweep over top-25 foe Hofstra at the Unconquered Invitational at JoAnne Graf Field.
Florida State defeated Hofstra in game one by a 9-1 score in six innings and then defeated the Pride in game two, 4-0.
Senas, a Hawaii native, went 4-for-7 in two games against the Pride with one home run, two doubles and nine total bases. Arguably her biggest at-bat of the day was her final one in the tournament semifinals when she ripped a two-run single to give the Seminoles a cushion at 4-0 in game two, helping send Florida State to the tournament championship game.
The schedule has changed for the final day of the event. No. 2-seeded Florida State will play top-seeded Tulsa today with a new start time of 10 a.m. The Seminoles (7-1) are scheduled as the visiting team and will bat first. The consolation game between No. 3 seed Hofstra and fourth-seeded Arkansas will follow 30 minutes after.
Starting the Fast Pitch Hawaii Tournament off this past weekend was…
2nd place winners of the League, EAT UM UP vs WHO DAT
POLOLEI vs. PAINA GIRLS
Next in line up, the 2013 winter season champions, PILI PA’A vs. BURNING BUSH the very 1st season, 2012 winter champions.
Last but not least team BITE ME vs. GOTCHU
Cheers to dirty Sunday’s and just for this week Saturday too!
Advancing into tomorrow’s brackets are the ladies of WHO DAT whom defeated our league’s 2nd place winners of the season. It was a bit of an OFF game for our ladies of Eat Um Up but they never let up! They held tight all the way to the end. Thankfully this isn’t the end for them. They’ll be back at it…BIGGER…BETTER…STRONGER for next season 7 – 1
Off the bat and scoring, securing them a spot for Sunday are the ladies of Paina Girls who defeated Pololei with a RUN rule in the 5th inning 15 – 5
3rd game of the day – All 7 innings played. And it was in the 7th inning, the last minutes of the game 2 runs are scored tying the score 3 all. There has to be a winner and since ALL 7 innings were played rules stated to revert to their pitcher’s stats. Team with the most strike outs takes the game – Pili Pa’a takes the game over the ladies of Burning Bush. This was an AWESOME battle and would love to have this as a do over
Last but not least – The ladies of Gotchu banged out their win with SHUTOUT score of 13 – 0 over team BITE ME.
Sunday’s lineup are as follows:
Paina Girls vs. Gotchu
Who Dat vs. Paina Girls
Moving through the first game of the day – Gotchu advances defeating Paina Girls 9 – 4.
Followed by League Champions, Pili Pa’a, defeating the ladies of Who Dat 3 – 2
Taking the ship – Congratulations to the ladies of Team Gotchu defeating Pili Pa’a 16 – 0
Thank you ladies for an awesome season and an action packed season end tournament. All action shots and team pictures can be purchased from Adair Caras of Adair’s Images and Photography. You can view more images here: http://adairimages.zenfolio.com/p504630576
And while it’s a bitter sweet day for us it’s definitely NOT the end.
With that said – Season 4 is right around the corner. 2013 Spring/Summer Season – More dirty Sunday’s to come!!!
On Saturday, January 26th join Pro Athlete, All American, and former UH Wahine Player Kate Robinson of Robinson Softball Training for a quality hitting clinic at Moanalua High School. For this clinic Kate is partnered with Lauren Lupenetti and the Moanalua Varsity Softball Team who will be benefiting financially with donations from proceeds of this clinic.
Please review the attached flyer for more information and remember if you have any other questions Kate can be reached via email – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808.282.0176
Only 10 players are being accepted! We will be working on the smaller elements of the game. Things that may get overlooked at team practices. Helping to create strong individual players to ultimately strengthen teams. Call or email Kate Robinson to reserve a spot. All information on the flyer.
Or visit her website – robinsonsoftballtraining.c
Too many Hawaii softball players fall through the cracks or don’t get the opportunities they deserve because they were uninformed and unprepared about the college recruiting process.
Stacie Mahoe, of staciemahoe.com doesn’t want that to happen to you!
That’s why she has organized a clinic by Ken Olsen, from Fastpitch NW, to help Hawaii players get on the right track and take the next step in their college recruiting journey. On December 1 & 2, Ken and his staff will conduct an Evaluation and Profile Building Camp for Hawaii softball players interested in continuing their softball career in college.
What to Expect:
All players will go through Sparq testing to measure and asses physical skills and ability. Even if you think you know what your skill level is, it’s critical to have an objective third party record and verify your data. That information often carries far more weight than what you or your parents tell a college coach.
In addition, one of the biggest mistakes student-athletes and their families make is targeting the wrong schools. Getting objective feedback on what level of college competition you’re best suited for is essential in providing you with the most opportunities possible. It’s so important that you knock on and open the right doors! Otherwise you may waste precious time and completely miss out on your chance because you were looking in the wrong place. Remember, you only get one shot at this college recruiting journey! That’s why…
In addition to skills evaluation and testing, instructors also cover various aspects of the college recruiting process. Before players leave for the day instructors review player responsibilities in the college recruiting process again because, the truth is, this is YOUR journey and, therefore, your responsibility. Not your parents, not your counselor’s, not your high school coaches, or your club team coaches. None of those people can take care of your grades or do your training for you. This process is yours to take full control and responsibility for, but that’s difficult to do without the information you need. So…
Players who attend the camp will learn about…
- Being pro-active vs waiting for coaches to come calling
- Various ways to promote yourself (FPNW is just one of them)
- Being realistic with your abilities and your future as a D1,2,3, NAIA or JC player(so you don’t miss out on the best opportunities for you)
- The importance of academics early in your HS career (again, so you don’t miss out on the opportunities you want most, grades matter!)
Tom and Ken both have developed close relationships with college coaches in the Northwest. They are constantly promoting FPNW players to coaches even if players can’t attend the FPNW tournament.
Even though the evaluation camp does take a tremendous amount of time, the staff will instruct along the way. If coaches are there, the FPNW staff will share ideas but not over step our bounds.
Parents are free to talk with FPNW instructors about their daughter’s assessment. There’s no sugar coating though. Remember, the only way you can get better is to pinpoint what needs work. Keep an open mind and listen to the feedback you get so you can make positive adjustments!
During breaks in the action, and before and after the camp, instructors are available for answering questions from parents.
NOTE: Players need to bring their A game to the camp since they will be tested and the results are verified and recorded!
The camp is a chance for players to really step up and show what they have to offer to a college softball program.
For more info visit: www.staciemahoe.com
Kaikamahine’s are looking for players for their 12U division. They are looking for individuals who are interested in playing Travel Ball this upcoming 2012 and 2013 Season. Skill level is not important but attitude is. Must want to work hard, make a commitment to year round play and be able to travel next summer.
If you’re interested please contact 398-4109.
Thursday, September 6th, in the OIA Red Division of JV softball, the Lady Charges were pitched their 1st shut out loss by Emilee Guillermo of The Kapolei Lady Hurricanes.
Batting stats were great for the Lady Hurricane’s Kamryn Kanae with 3 rbi’s and Makana Myers RBI on a triple.
Second series completed on Saturday, September 8th, with Lady Hurricanes once again victorious over the Lady Chargers but not without a battle. Lady Chargers were down by 4 up until the 5th inning pulling a tie and then taking a 2 pt lead with batters Ana Cabato with 2 RBI’s on a double, Natalie Kang – 2 runs on a homerun and Angel Maikui-Jenks with 2 RBI’s on a double.
With Lady Chargers in the lead 7-5, Kapolei rallies back in the TOP 7th with 3 runs and holding off the Lady Chargers to seal the deal.
Ten Big Island teams are being sought to play against the 2013 University of Hawaii at Hilo women’s softball team as part of the 50 innings of slowpitch softball vs. the Vulcans on Saturday, Oct. 6. The fundraiser for the UHH squad will include 9 against 9 at the UHH Softball Field, running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The teams will play five innings against the Vulcans with entry fees going to help the UHH team host a February tournament in Kona. Entry fee is $150 per team. At the end of the “Play the Vulcans” fundraiser, the team with the highest run differential will win tickets to a tripleheader on Feb. 23.
The teams will play five innings or 50 minutes and innings 1-4 will have a five-run limit; inning 5 will be unlimited. A pitching machine will be supplied by the Vulcans for the daylong event.
“It’s a great opportunity to get to know the 2013 Vulcans and help support the program,” UHH coach Jaime Wallin said. “We are seeking men’s, women’s or coed teams to participate in the softball event. Players need to be 18 & over to play. It should be a lot of fun and proceeds will help the UHH softball program. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”
To enter a team or for more information, call Wallin at 974-7703 or email www.hiloathletics.com.